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In 2013 the world was riveted by the impact of an asteroid near the Russian town of Chelyabinsk, where over 1,000 people were injured. It was an eerie reminder of another, bigger, impact event that flattened a forest near the Tunguska River in Siberia on June 30, 1908-and a modern-day example of the immense dinosaur-killing Chicxulub impact event in the Yucatán. As an update to his 2015 Asteroid Day presentation, Dr. David Kring will describe the magnitude of their persisting threat today, and the steps we might take to mitigate these types of calamitous events in the future.
This event is sponsored by The Lunar Planetary Institute.
Tickets $18, Members $12
The apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe took place in the vicinity of the Sierra de Guadalupe during December 1531. Anthropologist Dr. Ana Rita Valero de Garcia Lascurain will describe the political, economic and social environment before the Spanish conquest and the historical elements which incited the miracle of the 16th century. Valero will also trace the development and expansion of the Guadalupe fervor.
Dr. Ana Rita Valero de Garcia Lascurain is the director of the historical archives at the College of San Ignacio de Loyola Vizcaínas in Mexico City. She is also president of the Archicofradía Universal de Santa María de Guadalupe, a guild in existence from the sixteenth century established at the Shrine of Tepeyac (now part of the Basilica), where the original tilma of Juan is venerated. This lecture is sponsored by Saint Martha's Parish in Kingwood.
A compelling case can be made that exploration of the Moon is the shortest and least expensive route to a fundamental change in our understanding of our origins. The capability being developed with NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion crew vehicle provides the nation with an outstanding opportunity to reinvigorate its space program beyond low-Earth orbit. A decade-long series of studies have identified the best landing sites and traverse routes to maximize scientific return in missions that could be conducted throughout the 2020s. The lunar farside and specifically the Schrödinger impact basin is the highest priority target.
Dr. David Kring of the Lunar and Planetary Institute will explain why the Moon is the best and most accessible place to explore the origin and evolution of the entire Solar System, including the earliest evolutionary phase of our own planet, Earth. The Apollo program taught us that the dominant geologic process affecting the surfaces of planets is impact cratering. It has the capacity to alter the geologic and biologic evolution of a planet. Variations in that flux of debris can also be used to trace the accretional and orbital evolution of material throughout the Solar System, including the distant giant planets in the outer Solar System.
This program is sponsored by The Lunar Planetary Institute.
In honor of the 2016 centennial celebration of America's national parks, American photographer Mark Burns' set out on The National Parks Photography Project. In this special evening with the photographer Burns will chronicle the project that took him to each of America's 59 national parks. Following the presentation, the audience will be invited into the exhibition to see the collection of iconic black and white photographs with the photographer.
The curious tale of America's first museum combines mystery, pride, science and history in one package. Join Nicole Temple, Vice President of Youth Education at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, and discover how the son of a convict became a revolutionary war hero, a renowned artist and an innovator of natural history. The lecture concludes in the Museum's new Cabinet of Curiosities.
Tutankhamun is probably the best-known of Egyptian rulers today; yet he was almost totally forgotten in Egypt within a couple of generations of his death. In this entertaining lecture, HMNS curator Tom Hardwick will place Tutankhamun in the context of his time, and looks at how-and why-the boy king's legacy has been publicized and exploited. Hardwick will also incorporate the latest news on the possible existence of further, undiscovered chambers in his tomb.
Tom Hardwick is HMNS Curator of Egyptology.